Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Potters look to get off bottom against unbeaten Spurs

Stoke City take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Potters look to get off bottom against unbeaten Spurs
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Stoke City will look to get off the bottom of the Premier League table against an unbeaten Tottenham Hotspur side on Saturday.

Potters playing catch-up 

Stoke then had the ill-fortune of being the team bottom of the league heading into the first international break of the season, after picking up just one point from their opening three games. Back to back defeats against Manchester City and Everton followed on from an opening day draw at newly promoted Middlesbrough.

However, it was also going to be a tough start for Mark Hughes' team having to face two sides who underachieved last season and are under new managers, while also going up against a team who will be buoyed after promotion to the top flight. Unfortunately for Stoke it doesn't get any easier, facing a Spurs team who finished third last season and take them apart 4-0 in the corresponding fixture at the end of the last campaign.

Unbeaten but not amazing Spurs

The record books will say three games and no loses for Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham team so far in 2016/17, but they've not exactly hit the ground running. Draws against both Merseyside clubs - having been trailing - have come either side of a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace only supplied by a late goal from summer signing, Victor Wanyama.

A slow start has been the real theme of Tottenham's matches so far with second half goals from Erik Lamela and Danny Rose bailing them out against Everton and Liverpool respectively. They'll certainly be looking to get off to a flyer against a Stoke team who are really lacking confidence.

Deadline day moves a plenty

The infamous transfer deadline day has been and gone since these two have last played and both Stoke and Spurs were very active on August 31th.

Stoke managed to bring in defender Bruno Martins Indi and striker Wilfred Bony on season-long loan deals to give themselves much needed help at both ends of the pitch.

Meanwhile Spurs stole the headlines on deadline day by first of all refusing to meet Newcastle United's £30million valuation of Moussa Sissoko. Only to do a u-turn at the final hour, as he looked set to join Everton.

Along with the deal for Marseille's Georges-Kevin N'koudou finally getting over the line, Spurs have added real depth in their attacking positions.

Team news

Stoke will have a different substitute goalkeeper for this game with Lee Grant replacing Jakob Haugaard who is out with an ankle injury. 

Mame Biram Diouf is also a doubt for this game with a hamstring injury, although full back Glen Johnson is in contention again after recovering from a thigh problem.

Hugo Lloris is set to return in goal for Spurs after going off at Everton on the opening day of the season with a hamstring problem.

However, Moussa Dembele is still out suspended with this being the final match of his four game ban. Danny Rose is absent with more hamstring woes that he picked up on international duty.


There have been seven red cards in the meetings at Stoke in the Premier Legaue.  This is only the third time Stoke have been bottom of the Premier League since their debut in the competition back in 2008.

Shay Given is set to make his 450th Premier League appearance in this game, becoming only the fourth goalkeeper to do so. Harry Kane has only scored one goal during the months of August and September in his top flight career so far, despite playing 16 games in that time frame.